Rendering by Chris Dikeakos Architects
Onni Group is redeveloping the old Seattle Times newspaper complex into mixed-use buildings. On the south block, it plans two 41-story towers containing apartments, retail and parking.
New towers create a construction tango in downtown seattle
Local contractors face skilled labor and building component shortages along with maxed-out concrete batch plants and increasing congestion.
By PHIL GREANY
Renters seek buildings that reflect their lifestyles
As urban apartment units are shrinking in size,
successful amenities and common spaces are extensions of residents’ living
By HEATHER HAYES
Affordable housing gets a boost from impact investors
Nonprofit developers are getting squeezed by cuts in government funding and increasing real estate costs.
By SUSAN BOYD
Bremerton’s triple treat: affordability, nature, life balance
Experts see the city’s population jumping by about 25 percent in the next four years. The median price of a home is $250,000.
By MARK GOLDBERG
When it comes to apartments, one size doesn’t fit all
Innovation in the size and configuration of apartment units is an increasingly crucial element of design in order to keep pace with market demand.
By DYLAN SIMON
Unused building? Consider housing homeless families there
Nonprofit Mary’s Place has been working with developers and property owners to create temporary shelters before development begins.
By KRIS RICHEY CURTIS
Westbank tees up 3 big projects in Seattle
The Vancouver, B.C.-based developer is building about 2,000 rental units downtown.
By JILL KILLEEN
Killeen Communication Strategies
Ready for a revolution in urban transportation?
We are on the cusp of three game changers: vehicle electrification, automation and shared usage.
By MIKE USEN
Buildings soar skyward as modular frame systems evolve
The 17-story Sky3 apartment tower in Portland is the tallest building to use Inter-Steel Structures’ modular framing system.
By EVIN GIBSON and HEIDI MAKI
Swenson Say Faget
Don’t question the value of green design — bank on it
Developers operating in a competitive marketplace see the appeal of sustainable design in attracting tenants.
By KRISTEN SCOTT
When Rider Levett Bucknall releases its semi-annual crane index next month, its count for Seattle will stand at 58 cranes. What the report probably won’t show is nearly a quarter of those cranes will be at work on skyscrapers in the downtown area.
The DJC has counted 13 skyscrapers under construction in Seattle using the criteria of 40 floors or 400 feet tall.
Architect Blaine Weber, who designed several of the towers on the list, pointed out that a few sub-400-foot-tall projects under construction could add four stories in the DMC zone and five stories in the DOC zone, thanks to the city’s Housing Affordability and Livability upzone incentive.
The projects under construction are profiled here:
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